Unions praise Zuma action

2011-10-25 19:39

Johannesburg - Trade unions have praised President Jacob Zuma for sacking Local Government Minister Sicelo Shiceka and Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.

The National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) said on Tuesday that Zuma showed "decisive leadership".

"It buries false alarm bells raised by unelected and bookish political commentators or analysts that President Zuma is indecisive," national spokesperson Castro Ngobese said in a statement.

The SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) said Zuma's decision was brave and showed true leadership.

"We expected nothing less from the president and he has displayed true leadership," spokesperson Tahir Sema said.

Other matters to deal with

Zuma announced a Cabinet reshuffle on Monday after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela concluded that the ministers had acted unlawfully.

He also suspended national police commissioner General Bheki Cele and announced that an inquiry would be held into the police building lease controversy.

The inquiry will be led by retired Constitutional Court Judge Yvonne Mokgoro, alongside advocates Terry Motau and Anthea Platt.

Ngobese said the "decisiveness" shown by Zuma should not be limited to a Cabinet reshuffle. It was also needed to deal with poverty, unemployment and inequalities.

Absent Shiceka

Numsa welcomed Cele's suspension but said it hoped this would not demoralise police officers, said Ngobese.

The union had called for him to be sacked ever since Madonsela's report was released.

"Workers would have never been able to co-operate with these ministers, knowing that they abused public funds," said Sema.

Local government was desperate for solutions to complex problems and Shiceka had been absent for too long, he said.

Zuma replaced Shiceka with Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi.
Communications Minister Roy Padayachie replaces Baloyi.

Deputy Minister for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Dina Pule takes over as communications minister.

Deputy Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform Thembelani (Thulas) Nxesi becomes the new minister of public works.

  • Vusi - 2011-10-25 20:05

    This NOT decisive action. Why is there an inquiry into Cele's suspension with full pay when a report has already been submitted? This just like giving a baby a dummy to suck on to keep it quiet, us being the crying baby and they giving us a pacifier to get us off their backs. Worthless.

      Kala - 2011-10-25 21:38

      I agree Vusi. the government just love enquiries. They have enquiries into enquiries and set up joint commitees to oversee the enquiries and after every enquiry has been made and the party is found guilty we are then told the President has been decisive in suspending the guilty party on full pay until another enquiry has been done. I mean WTF. Fire his @RSE already

      Dave - 2011-10-25 21:42

      Vusi is on a roll tonight! Why fire the Minister but suspend Cele for heavens sake, get it over and done with

      Trudy - 2011-10-25 22:51

      I copied this comment that "Linds" made on another article: Ministers serve at the President's pleasure, therefore he needs no reason to fire them. But he cannot by law fire the General abitrarily or suspend his pay arbitrarily

      Musa - 2011-10-26 11:34

      All you people are clueless when it comes to labour laws of this country. Cele is not a minister who can be fired by the President at any given time. He must be suspended while the board of inquiry is conducting an investigation. He can only be fired once he is implicated by the board's investigation. Should the President had fired him, he had an option to approach the CCMA or Labour Court for unfair labour practise. A court order would then force the President to reverse his decision. You must draw a clear distinction between the appointment of ministers and public servants. Vusi mfowethu, stop colluding with these people, you are being counter-revolutionary

  • J.D. - 2011-10-25 20:09

    Praise a man for doing what he is supposed to do, what he is paid for. Zuma fired criminals he appointed. Then call it decisive leadership. WTF.

      Kala - 2011-10-25 21:41

      If this is the end result of Zuma "applying his mind" then maybe he should withdraw his application.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-10-25 20:15

    The ANC lackeys that have been slotted in now are just as incompetent. Wait and see.

  • Sheda - 2011-10-25 20:23

    And Julius goes marching on.......hahahahahahahaha

      Dave - 2011-10-26 05:12

      Not this time, they will not let him and his cronies have a vigil on the grass.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2011-10-26 07:22

    It's all to late. Saving face again is like child eating melted ice cream. Messy sticky and nothing to show for it.

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